Brent Musburger says violence and sex appeal are part of the NFL and that 'snowflakes' should 'deal with it'

  • Week 13 in the NFL had numerous injuries and suspensions and raised the volume on criticisms of football's inherent violence.
  • Former ESPN broadcaster Brent Musburger tweeted out his support of violence and sex appeal in the NFL, calling those who disagreed "Snowflakes."
  • Attitudes towards violence in football have shifted in recent years as the public's understanding of the sport's effect the brain has grown.


Former ESPN broadcaster Brent Musburger took to Twitter on Tuesday night to defend the violence of the NFL after a weekend that included a primetime game filled with scary injuries and suspensions for illegal hits.

"Yo, Snowflakes." Musburger tweeted. "Quit preaching. The Violent World of Sam Huff sold NFL football to the masses. The Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders gave us a little sex with our violence. Deal with it!"

The tweet came just a day after Monday night's divisional matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers showed just how dangerous professional football can be, with two players — Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier and Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict — carted off the field. Shazier's injury was so scary, many wondered if he had been paralyzed.

JuJu Smith-Schuster was suspended for one game for his hit on Burfict, while Shazier remains in the hospital and is being evaluated for a spine injury. Bengals safety George Iloka was also suspended one game after hitting Antonio Brown in the helmet as he made the game-winning grab.

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CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: JuJu Smith-Schuster #19 of the Pittsburgh Steelers stands over Vontaze Burfict #55 of the Cincinnati Bengals after a hit during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium on December 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: JuJu Smith-Schuster #19 of the Pittsburgh Steelers stands over Vontaze Burfict #55 of the Cincinnati Bengals after a hit during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium on December 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: Vontaze Burfict #55 of the Cincinnati Bengals is attended to by trainers after a unsportsmanlike penalty against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium on December 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) reacts during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals on December 4th, 2017 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. (Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Dec 4, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) catches the game tying touchdown against Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (27) and is hit as a penalty of unnecessary roughness is called on free safety George Iloka (right) in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers catches a touchdown pass as he is hit by George Iloka #43 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium on December 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Ryan Shazier (50) (bottom) injures his back during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals on December 4th, 2017 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. (Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: Ryan Shazier #50 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts as he is carted off the field after a injury against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium on December 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: Ryan Shazier #50 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts as he is carted off the field after a injury against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium on December 4, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
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Additionally, Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White was carted off the field on Sunday after Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski delivered a late, illegal hit. Gronkowski was suspended one game for the incident.

While such violence was once more commonly celebrated by the greater NFL audience, interest in the explicit violence of football has waned in recent years as more has become known about CTE and the longterm effects of the sport.

Musburger's reference to the role of sex in football is a bit more of a stretch, but is not all that surprising for those that remember his fawning over Katherine Webb during the 2013 BCS Championship Game.

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